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Six years ago, our first golden retriever, Rundle was born (Rundle <3). Rundle is a fantastic companion and therapy dog. It is because of her that we have completely fallen in love with the golden breed.

Back in January 2020, we “began the search” to add another member to our family. I put this in quotations because there wasn’t much searching to be done at all. Zaniri had been on my radar for years by this point. She has bred some of the most amazingly talented dogs! As an avid hiker, and wannabe dog sport competitor, I knew that we would be in very good hands with Zaniri. So, I reached out to her about her Fall 2020 pairings. I knew I wanted a puppy later in the year for a couple reasons: 1) It would give us more time to grieve the loss of our 16-year-old cat who had just passed in December, and 2) by the time the puppy starts hitting its high-energy stage it will be summer-time – it is a lot easier to get outside to expend energy in 25 Celcius/77 Fahrenheit, versus -25 Celcius/-13 Fahrenheit.

Thankfully, Zaniri thought we would be an excellent home for one of her competition puppies! So, we began the wait. She had two litters planned for the fall. But, based on what we were looking for, she thought the Lucy x Red litter: Pedigree: Lucy x Red would produce the best results for us. Thankfully, the pairing took and produced ELEVEN beautiful puppies: five girls and six boys, born November 8, 2020.

At 7 weeks, they tested the litter and picked Kasie for us, the grey-collared girl. She is described as a moderate energy and temperament, people-oriented and structurally sound. She is everything that we were looking for in a puppy!

We picked her up the morning of the 29th and drove 13.5 hours to bring her home. She was an absolute dream on the car ride home; only whining when she had to go to the bathroom. Since arriving at home, she’s been such an easy, cuddly puppy. Woke up 2x last night to go potty, but quickly settled afterwards. She is getting on so well with our dog Rundle. It is SO great to see them happily playing together, already.

She will be CKC registered as Zaniri’s Together We Climb. Her call name is Summit. I will be starting agility with her in Feb, but I’m also am interested in Obedience, Field and Scent Work. I am so excited to see what we can accomplish together!

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Such a cute puppy face! Congratulations.
 
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Congratulations, Summit is beautiful.

Great to hear how well she's doing and how she and Rundle are getting along.

Have fun with your new baby girl.
 

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Oh my GOD - you are SO lucky!! They do indeed breed some amazing dogs - and Laureen is one of the most knowledgeable Golden people I have ever met. I actually was lucky enough to have her as one of the three evaluators for Shala's CCA, and I could have sat and listened to her for hours.

I am definitely looking forward to following what you do with your sweet girl. Congratulations!
 
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She’s here! So happy for you! I have been so impressed with my Zaniri guy! Laureen and Joanne are amazing and so knowledgeable. Ned has been super easy to train, and is wicked smart! I’m sure your girl will be just as amazing!! Summit and Ned will need to follow each other on Instagram! Congratulations!!!
 
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Oh my GOD - you are SO lucky!! They do indeed breed some amazing dogs - and Laureen is one of the most knowledgeable Golden people I have ever met. I actually was lucky enough to have her as one of the three evaluators for Shala's CCA, and I could have sat and listened to her for hours.

I am definitely looking forward to following what you do with your sweet girl. Congratulations!
Thank you! Joanne and Laureen have been amazing all along! Not only are we grateful to have one of their puppies, but, also to have them as a mentor. Summit has been an absolute rockstar since coming home. Here's a photo of her sleeping while the Roomba is running around her.
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Oh boy are you lucky :) She is a doll and that is maybe the most perfect name ever! I am so happy you're starting her own instagram :) I would absolutely fly across country for a Zaniri puppy :)
Thank you so much! It was a long drive, but, absolutely worth it! Summit and Rundle's Instagram is: @rundle.mountain.retrievers
 

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She’s here! So happy for you! I have been so impressed with my Zaniri guy! Laureen and Joanne are amazing and so knowledgeable. Ned has been super easy to train, and is wicked smart! I’m sure your girl will be just as amazing!! Summit and Ned will need to follow each other on Instagram! Congratulations!!!
So far she's been rock solid. Such a confident little girlie. We've started training and she is already picking up sit and down, quickly. For only 7.5wks old that is pretty amazing! My dogs Instagram is: @rundle.mountain.retrievers

I so look forward to following all of Ned's adventures!!
 

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We had a mild winter day in Alberta today, so we got to spend some time outside in the snow. She loves it! Which is a good thing, because we get a lot snow through the winter. Also of note was first cuddles with our older dog today. It's a bit of a love/hate relationship right now, as Rundle has to teach the puppy what is and isn't acceptable social behaviour. But, this photo gives me confidence that they will get there.

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Summit turned 8wks old yesterday. She's doing so well! She's only getting up once per night to potty now. But, she settles quickly in her crate, both when going to bed, and when going back to sleep. When she's awake, she's starting to ask to go outside when she has to potty by standing by the back door - or when she wants to go outside to play. She loves being outdoors! She's got a pretty reliable "sit" now. And is learning down, play dead, leave it, drop it, touch, spin, go teeter (wobble board), and roll over. Summit and Rundle are playing more frequently now, and Summit loves to cuddle up to her. We're also starting to build up her time spent alone (with Rundle), to prepare her for when my husband and I go back to the office. We are increasing her time by 5min per day. So, she did 15min today, and we'll do 20min tomorrow. So, far she has had no issues being left alone for brief periods of time. She's quite the busy gal when she's awake, but, we find her to be the perfect balance of both cuddly and independent. We still can't quite get over her confidence. House renovations, things being dropped or falling over, the neighbour's big dogs on each side of us - she takes everything in stride! She's such a solid pup. Tomorrow will mark one-week since we picked her up. And we are so proud to see how much progress she has made in a weeks' time at such a young age!

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These photos.... you're killing me ;) She makes beautiful eye contact. If you're not rewarding her for 'attention' yet, don't forget to add that to the list. Please keep the pictures coming, I have puppy envy :)
 

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She's such a pretty little girl and so smart.

Love the pictures, the one of her and Rundle is my favorite.
 

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These photos.... you're killing me ;) She makes beautiful eye contact. If you're not rewarding her for 'attention' yet, don't forget to add that to the list. Please keep the pictures coming, I have puppy envy :)
Good reminder! And thank you! I love taking photos of my babies :)
 

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Too adorable! Watching puppies interacting with an older dog has been so great! I love how my older girl is teaching my new guy how to be a dog! Makes the training easier on me for sure, and wears them out! Looks like Summit is thriving!
 

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Too adorable! Watching puppies interacting with an older dog has been so great! I love how my older girl is teaching my new guy how to be a dog! Makes the training easier on me for sure, and wears them out! Looks like Summit is thriving!
It is so much easier this time around than it was the first time! Rundle helps to wear Summit out so much! And teaches her so much at the same time. Summit is thriving! She's consistently signalling when she needs to go out. She is picking up basic training really well. Today, she had her first big outing to get her nails trimmed and she settled perfectly in the car. She was the perfect pup for the groomer. We are just adoring this amazing little puppy! I can't wait until she gets her second set of vaccines, so I can take her out more and expose her to even more new things.

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